Caroline Garcia is still flying. And it takes her to heights she’s never reached. Win a WTA 1000 title, like she did two and a half weeks ago in Cincinnati, she had already done so. Playing a Grand Slam quarter-final, she had already experienced it too. But by beating Coco Gauff (6-3, 6-4) on Tuesday evening at the US Open, the French offered herself a ticket to an unknown world: the semi-finals of a Grand Slam.
The Lyonnaise, who still hasn’t lost a set in the tournament, knocked on the door of the last four at Flushing Meadows with almost disconcerting ease. It is largely thanks to her that the gala match between the young American, finalist of the last Roland-Garros, and the fittest player of the moment went pschitt. The case had something to envy the spans of Arthur-Ashe eager for sweat and fight. The world No. 17 chilled everyone with a sensational start.
A prompt start, facing a Gauff a little too inside, allowed him to break away before the stands had time to fill up. 4-0 and the best point of the match already in the bag (see the video below), just to mark its territory.
Appointment with Ons Jabeur on Thursday
The 18-year-old American tried to react, redoing one of her late breaks while the French gave a little more in the game and fought with her service, not completely convincing (only 49% of firsts in the initial round). But Gauff was never able to threaten her and it was logical that Garcia took control of the match by winning the first set. The French then had the good idea to reaccelerate when it counted, at the start of the second set to delight the opposing service and then to ward off the danger on her own service.
And she sent a very clear message when everyone saluted the break point obtained by her opponent. ” You are happy ? First ball catapulted at 178 km/h », she told the New York public, remixing Kylian Mbappé *. There was also the long-line forehand version, just as efficient and ace at 188 km/h when it was used for the match. With her strong nerves, no one could deprive her of her half, which she will play on Thursday against Ons Jabeur. To climb even higher.
*”Aren’t you happy? Tripled,” Kylian Mbappé once said in an interview.